Swan Mothers

Discovering Ourselves through Parenting

One Cool Thing Schedule

on June 26, 2013

What’s a mother to do when she wants to surrender to summer, to sleep in or read a book, to relax for once, and her children need her?

What’s a mother to do when she wants space, and her children want to cuddle and chat and play with her?

What’s a mother to do when she thirsts for peace and time alone, while her children seek interaction?

I once scheduled every minute of every day, but that method exhausted me. Letting my children do whatever they want all day left them so untethered, that everyone deteriorated into tears (me) or tantrums (them). I found a compromise. A simple, three-step plan.

  1. Plan One Interesting Thing
  2. Do It
  3. Relax

When my kids were of an age that they needed planned activities, I would schedule one thing to do per day. We would eat a good breakfast, then head out to do something interesting. Our things to do were not generally expensive, far away, or complicated. We might go to a park with great play structures, walk a nature trail, go to the zoo, or visit a museum. I usually ended our outings with a high-protein snack. When we got home, everyone had been sufficiently exercised, fed, and stimulated to happily do their own thing for a while.

Ideas for the One Cool Thing

10 Activities For Practicing Life Skills This Summer

82 Summer Activities for Families with Special Needs

14 Tools For Science Exploration In The Summer


I love comments! Talk to me . . .

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Jean Bakula

Astrology and Tarot Readings

Pioneer Valley Witch

Modern Mythology, Homebrew Witchcraft, Tarot

Spirit Passages

Discovering Ourselves through Parenting

"Spiritual Totatema" prj.

by Alena Zaynullina

Paths I Walk

Paula Cas

Human Enhancement and Biopolitics

A blog concerning technologies that modify human minds and bodies, plus the laws and regulations that govern their usage in society.


Anthology of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation

Good Witches Homestead

Enchanted World of Magical Gardening ~ Crystals & Gemstones ~ Locally Grown ~ Organic Herbs ~ Alternative Holistic Healthcare ~ Naturopathy


Myths and Magic

Southern Roots and Northern Blossoms

Bloom where you're planted.

Russia Without BS

Where every day is worse than the one before!


Thoughts on Fiction Writing and the Writing Life

The Daily Dahlia

Not so daily, but definitely Dahlia.

Old European culture

Discovering Ourselves through Parenting

Unbound Boxes Limping Gods

The writer gives life to a story, the reader keeps it alive.

Owlfoot Press

Publisher of the Old, the Weird, and the Wonderful

%d bloggers like this: